Dean: Belief is there from players

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith says there is a ‘new found belief’ among the players after their latest victory.

A 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday means Villa have won three games in a row and are two points outside the play-off places.

And while Smith says the feelgood factor has been sparked by Jack Grealish’s return after three months out injured, the Villa manager says other players have responded.

He also expects players to return from injury after the international break when Villa will have eight games to try and cement a place in the top six and set up a possible return to Wembley.

Smith told Villa’s official website: “There is the Jack Grealish factor, which everyone will talk about.

“But there’s a new-found belief from the players.

“I’m getting tested, too, now in terms of picking players because I have them available.

“After this Saturday, we have other players coming back, too, so it’s a great position for us to be in and we want to finish the season really well and take it game by game.”

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